Investigation launched after Cocoa Police K-9 found dead in patrol vehicle

A Cocoa Police Department K-9 was discovered dead early Wednesday afternoon in the back of her patrol vehicle, according to a police spokesperson.

K-9 Zena's handler found the dog when he went to check on her during a training class at the Criminal Justice Academy in Melbourne, said Yvonne Martinez in a statement sent to FOX 35 News.

"An active investigation is underway to determine the cause of death, and if department policies and procedures were followed," she added.

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K-9 Zena was the newest patrol dog on the force, donated to the city last August. She was a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois who was trained and newly certified in April for patrol work. 


FOX 35 has a crew headed to Cocoa to gather more information on this K-9 death investigation.

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